Technical Difficulties…


Forgive me!  It’s been almost six weeks without a post!  EEK!

I wanted to let you all know that I haven’t forgotten about this lovely little blog, but rather that my computer has forgotten how to upload pictures.  I have several weeks’ of pictures from the garden (and other life events) that are pretty much trapped!

I’ve been very busy (and scatterbrained) as of late, but I finally have some free hours today to get to the bottom of this technical issue.  I am VERY excited to be able to share the happenings at Yauger once again very soon.  🙂

Though I have no photos available to show you, I can testify that the gardens are looking incredible.  From majestic rose bushes to flourishing strawberry patches to hearty climbing bean plants, it’s quite a sight.  I typically spend just as much time (if not more) observing all the lovely plots as I do tending to my and my husband’s plot.  We’ve been eating fresh kale out of our garden multiple times a week now – how neat it is to think that only a couple months ago we had just a few tiny little sprouts?

I encourage you to message me if you would like to share your own personal gardening experiences/stories, or if you know of any garden-related things happening this summer.  My intention in creating this blog was to open doors to creating more community, and so I’m up to photograph and talk to you about anything you’d like to share 🙂  There are a few opportunities I already have in mind that I’m going to jump on as soon as I know that my computer will reliably accept my photos!

Thank you again for your patience, and for all your hard work on your gardens!  I look forward to once again sharing the beauty of Yauger Community Garden 🙂

Your fellow gardener [with technical challenges]…


Weekly Update (finally!) – May 6

IT’S BEEN A WHILE!  I apologize for going M.I.A. for a few weeks!  I was pretty under the weather, and though I thought about making a blog post using old photos, I decided that wouldn’t be true to the garden.  But here we are again, and things are looking beautiful!

So much growth around here!  I love it. (oh! and that's my husband Kyle standing next to our plot!)

So much growth around here! I love it.
(oh! and that’s my husband Kyle standing next to our plot!)


Lots to see!  Here is just a little bit of all the wonderful things going on…



These are some richly colored greens!


I think these lady bugs should have names. They’re so sweet!


Baby blueberries!


Can you find the hummingbird in this lush strawberry patch? 😉


The red here is gorgeous. (And smartly protected & nourished by eggshells!)


I hadn’t made it to our plot in over a week (I’m bad, I know)… We returned today to be pleasantly surprised by this beautiful blooming Lupine!


The organization here is impeccable.  I’m quite impressed!


With a sturdy structure and lovely array of healthy-growing vegetables, this plot really caught my eye today.  Its location also gives it a magical feel!

If you notice, the plot right next to it looks strikingly similar.  I’m willing to bet we’ve got the same gardener behind these masterpieces!




Lots of lush colors! I also enjoy the climbers here.


Doesn’t it kinda feel like a Pacific Northwest garden oasis? I think so. 🙂  

That’s all for now!  Very soon I’ll be posting about that experiment I mentioned a few weeks ago.  I conducted it a little while ago, but I got so excited about it that I didn’t take pictures of the whole process!  So I’m going to do it again and this time be sure to accurately document it 🙂

Have a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend!  

Duct Tape & Marigolds

Last week, I had the joy of meeting one of our fellow gardeners at Yauger!
Her name is Nicky, and when I met her she was working on her lovely garden, Plot 23:


A warm and friendly lady beaming with smiles, Nicky was in the process of building this nifty structure around the garden, made up of duct tape, bird netting, wooden posts, string, and screws.


Naturally, I asked about the structure.  She explained that this will help keep critters from snooping in or nibbling on her garden.  She also told me that she made the entire structure out of recycled materials – things that were going to be otherwise thrown away!!  I was very impressed.


Nicky also shared with me a number of things that keep pesky slugs away: copper, duct tape, scratchy things (like sandpaper), and salt.  This is why she had this high-shine duct tape around the perimeter of her garden!  She also talked about something she is still working on at home – she calls them “Copper Squiglies,” and not only will the copper ‘electrocute’ the slugs, but the texture of the copper will repel them as well.  She also gave the idea of placing plastic lids filled with beer and salt near plants you want to protect – if slugs happen to get through the barriers you’ve created, they will be drawn to these poisonous traps.


She also had a row of beautiful marigolds, placed in between some young tomato plants.  She explained that the marigolds are only temporary and will prevent aphids from getting near her tomatoes.  This is because aphid-eating insects (like ladybugs) are drawn to marigolds!


Being the resourceful, crafty lady she is, Nicky used some leftover plastic bottles to further protect her tomato plants!  You’ll also noticed that she has some lovely pea plants already beginning to crawl up her bean structure that she will complete as the plants climb higher.


She plans on relocating her marigolds to her yard when the tomato plants grow bigger.  A tip she gave me for planting tomato plants: bury half the leaves of the tomato plant when you put it into your garden, and the buried leaves will act as an extra root system – this will make your tomato plants healthier and sturdier!


I noticed lots of crushed eggshells spread throughout her garden.  She saved up leftover eggshells at home, then crushed and sprinkled them all over her soil.   This not only fertilizes her garden with calcium, but the sharp edges of the eggshells scare away slugs and snails!  I researched this a little further online and found a concise article about the benefits of eggshells here. 


She placed this plastic covering over her celery plant (which she crew from the leftover base of celery from the grocery store!) and said she’s not quite sure how well it works yet.  The goal of this lid is to trap warm, moist air and keep the plant safe and healthy.  She will keep checking on it and see if it was worth purchasing!


I received a lot of gardening wisdom from Nicky, and she expressed such joy in all she talked about!  She explained that she got a horticulture degree in college, and has always loved gardening.  She also told me about something she came up with to protect her lettuce plants, and explained it in good detail!  Since she doesn’t have lettuce in her garden this year, I sketched while she was explaining it to me:


“I call it a lettuce tree!  As the lettuce grew, I trimmed leaves off the bottom about 6 inches.  When slugs came up to the lettuce, they decided it was too tall!”  Nicky laughed as she talked about it.  She said you can do the same thing with spinach plants as well.

Lastly, she told me about a fun and simple way to test your soil to see if it’s composed more of acid or base.  (This can tell you what plants will grow more successfully in your soil, or what you should add to your soil.)  In a future post I’ll be trying out the experiment myself and I’ll post some photos with it.  It should be fun. 🙂

I look forward to running into Nicky again!  She’s full of gardening experience and is a lovely person to talk to. Thank you, Nicky, for sharing with me!!


Enjoy the rest of the sunshine this week!  And hey, while you’re tending to your garden, get to know your garden neighbors – you may just make a friend and learn a few new things! 🙂

Weekly Update: April 16

What a beautiful week it’s been!  Here are a few photos from yesterday evening.

Looking good!  The gravel around the plots could probably use some weeding in the near future.
Looking good! The gravel around the plots could probably use some weeding in the near future.
Caught this little guy in the act of getting in his dinner of earthworms. Yum 😉
Someone is going to have some tasty salads this summer!!
This strawberry blossom may not look perfect, but it's still beautiful and will produce something great! Kinda like a lot of us human beings...
This strawberry blossom may not look perfect, but it’s still beautiful and will produce something great! Kinda like a lot of us human beings…
I am quite excited to photograph these future melons. 🙂
During my visit to the gardens yesterday, I had the privilege of getting to know one of our fellow gardeners, Nicky! She was in the process of working on her beautiful garden here. In a couple days I’ll be sharing a number of awesome things I learned from her!


Plot 68 is looking healthy and organized!
Plot 68’s various lettuces are looking good!
A closer look at plot 68’s moderate-sized cilantro plant!  Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs to use when I cook, and the leaves are such a brilliant green. I only recently learned that the seeds from the cilantro plant are coriander seeds. What a lovely plant!


Lots of beautiful wild foliage around the garden! Sometimes I can look at a patch of greens at parks or in forests and not think too much of what I’m seeing, but upon closer look there are some truly fascinating things.
At Yauger Park, protected by some bushes and marshy grass, I discovered a huge anthill. It was quite fun to watch the ants at work. If you have time, take a break in the middle of your work on your garden plot and explore Yauger Park! You don’t have to explore for longer than five minutes to find something neat. 🙂

Update: April 8th

Hello there!  For a little information on who I am & why I started this blog, check out the ABOUT page. 🙂

I’ll be posting “Updates” every week or so, depending on what’s happening at Yauger.  Typically these Updates will also include a Plot of the Week!  I’ll be posting lots of other things related to the community garden – it all depends on what the community (that’s you!) is interesting in seeing!


My first visit to the Yauger community garden blew me away! We are so lucky to have such a beautiful place to grow a garden.
Next time you’re at Yauger and see someone working hard on making it an even lovelier place to garden, be sure to heartily thank them!  (And if you’ve got the time, pitch in and lend a helping hand!)
This is the new compost tumbler that Luke and David installed last week! What an incredible contraption. Treat it with care by: 1. filling it only halfway, and 2. turning the crank slowly. We want it to stay in great condition! 🙂
We’ve clearly got plenty of straw. 😉 The season has certainly begun!
Some sugar peas have already begun crawling up these simple & clever structures. I’ve been so impressed by all the craftsmanship throughout the garden! There’s so much we can learn from each other as gardeners. (If you look in the background you’ll notice some folks working hard on their plots!)
Keeping track of what’s been planted in your garden is pretty important! I enjoyed the simplicity here.
At this stage, every plant looks the same to me… but I’m sure some of you with experience would be able to pick up on some clues as to what it might be!
I’d like to know what the little recycled creations around the plants are for. I can assume it helps them in a clever way, but exactly how I have yet to learn! It certainly makes for an glistening garden plot 🙂
I thought this little guy was beautiful, but it turns out these tiny little Leafhoppers can really damage our gardens!  Yikes.
This cabbage carried over from last season. Even if those holes aren’t a healthy thing, I gotta be honest – I thought it was pretty in a way because it reminded me of lace. (I’m curious if it’d still be okay to eat?)
    IMG_8929A giant rosemary plant in one of the plots drew me closer because of its fragrant aroma. I’ve always loved fresh rosemary but have never seen it in bloom before! The flowers are very tiny, delicate, and quite pretty.
Found these gorgeous tulips I believe in plot 20. I really love the bi-colored petals!
PLOT OF THE WEEK: Plot 34!  Quite the system going here with a sturdy structure and lots of room for a variety of plants. Next time you’re at the gardens go check out this garden for some inspiration!  🙂

Feel free to leave a comment below – I’d love to hear what you’d like to see on here!

Happy gardening friends! 🙂